Northwest Veterinary Associates, Inc 
St. Albans, Vermont   
EMPLOYEE BIOGRAPHIES  

VETERINARIANS

Peter A. Averill, D.V.M.

Pete went to the University of Maine at Orono and graduated in 1984 with a degree in Animal and Preveterinary Sciences. It was working on several research projects at the school's dairy that really sparked his true interest in working with dairy cattle. After spending a year milking cows at Beaver Dam Farm, in Lee, NH, he attended The Ohio State University's College of Veterinary Medicine, where he graduated in 1989. He was employed that summer by Northwest Veterinary Associates, Inc. and has since become a partner in the company.

Pete lives in Georgia with his wife Susan who is a small animal veterinarian, their two beautiful daughters, Hannah and Summer, and two dogs. He enjoys cooking, music, and activities with the girls, including skiing and biking.

Natalie Boisvert, D.V.M.

Dr. Natalie Boisvert is a new graduate from Ohio State University. She was born and raised in southern New Jersey and aways enjoyed trips to the Northeast as a kid.

Natalie earned her undergraduate degree in Animal Science from the University of Massachusetts Amherst where she was also a member of the Division I rowing team. She discovered her passion for the dairy industry when she spent time on the dairies in central California as an undergraduate. Veterinary school brought her to the midweat where she continued to develop specific interests in tranisition cow management, record analysis, calf management, and preventative medicine. This summer Natalie will be continuing her dairy education with an intensive program at Cornell University.

In her free time, Natalie enjoys hiking, swimming, pottery, and making delicious food for her family and friends.

Jennifer Hull, D.V.M.

Dr. Hull is originally from Hebron, CT, where she worked on a dairy farm while growing up. She showed cattle in 4-H, raised her own show string, and even trained a team of oxen. Her love for dairy cattle sent her to Iowa State where she pursued studies in Dairy Science. In 2005 she graduated with a Bachelors of Science, and was accepted into veterinary school. In 2009 she graduated from Iowa State with her veterinary degree, and joined Northwest Veterinary Associates Inc that spring. She has since become a partner in the company.

Jen has a special interest in embryo transfer work, reproduction, and overall herd health troubleshooting/consultation.

In her spare time Jen loves to be in the mountains whether she’s hiking, climbing, skiing or snowshoeing.

Thomas Linden, D.V.M.

A native New Englander, Tom originally hails from West Greenwich, RI. He joined Northwest Veterinary Associates in the summer of 2016 after having practiced in a large animal ambulatory clinic for 2.5 years in central NY. Tom began his undergraduate career at SUNY Cobleskill, from where he transferred to Cornell University to complete his B.S. in Animal Science in 2007. He chose to remain at Cornell for his DVM degree, which he earned in 2013.

In an ever changing and evolving industry, Tom's main focus is being an integral team member within his client's operation to help them meet their goals, at both an individual cow and herd level. Some of his specific interests include milk parlor systems and procedure evaluations, and analysis of somatic cell and reproduction computer records.

Tom and his better half, Jen, live happily in Berkshire raising their son, James, and all three are anxiously awaiting the arrival of James’ sibling in early September 2022. In addition to frequent visits to family and friends, Tom has a plethora of hobbies; hiking, biking, snowshoeing, skiing, fishing, hunting and carpentry being a few examples. Of course, having grown up "just" south of Boston, he greatly enjoys rooting for the Red Sox and Patriots.

Erica Sebastyan, D.V.M.

Dr. Sebastyan is a new graduate from Colorado State University. Originally Canadian born, but she grew up in South Carolina. In high school she moved to New Hampshire and fell in love with the Northeast. She went to the University of Rhode Island for her undergraduate degree and this is where Erica discovered her passion to work with dairy cattle. Throughout veterinary school, Erica spent time on multiple dairies in Northern Colorado and developed special interests in milk quality and parlor systems, calf management, transition cow management, and consumer education. She also took courses covering Spanish in rural veterinary practice.

Erica enjoys spending time outdoors hiking, swimming, running, and exploring new places. She is excited to see more of Vermont and enjoy the local craft breweries and restaurants. Erica also has family in Montreal and is happy the border is so close.

Stephen T. Wadsworth, D.V.M.

Steve was born in Burlington and raised in Essex Junction. His father was the Extension Service Veterinarian at the University of Vermont. After graduating from UVM, he managed a dairy in Northeastern Indiana for a couple of years before going to Purdue University School of Veterinary Medicine where he graduated in 1981. Since then, he has practiced in Franklin County, Vermont, where he is married and has two grown children. His wife, Sarah Downes, is a part time agriculture teacher at the Cold Hollow Career Center in Enosburg Falls.

Special interests in practice include herd health programs, problem solving herd problems, replacement management, and working with farm managers and workers to make a dairy more profitable.

When Steve is not working, he is a bit of a fitness nut: running regularly, strength training, biking, hiking, skiing, snow shoeing, camping, etc. Steve and his family are active in their local church, live in an old farmhouse in Enosburg, heat with wood, grow a big garden and a few heifers, and feel blessed every day!


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Julie Bean, Office Manager

Julie Bean has been working with Northwest Veterinary Associates since 1988.

She began as a part-time employee during her senior year of high school. A few years later it turned into a full time position. She has many different responsibilities in the office and the lab. She assists with phone answering, herd clinic scheduling, inventory and keeping things clean.

Julie and her husband have a beautiful daughter, Brianna. She loves spending time with her family, watching a good movie, taking walks and Zumba classes and shopping. She also likes to read, garden and decorate.

Kathy Bourdeau

Kathy was born and raised in Georgia, VT on their family farm. She may seem like a familiar face as she worked at a local dental office for over 20 years before joining our team. She lives with her husband John and their boys in Sheldon. In her free time she teaches ZUMBA Fitness at Collins Perley Sport’s Complex, enjoys gardening, canning and sewing!